Cookies

This page explains what cookies are, how the Electronics and Micros website uses cookies, and how you can control the use of cookies in your browser and the websites you visit.

Cookie information may be updated from time to time, so you should periodically check this page to ensure you are aware of the latest details.

Last updated: 2 January, 2015

What are Cookies?

A cookie is a small piece of information which is stored on your computer when you visit a website. Cookies are just small text files – not programs – so they don't pose any danger to your computer. (A cookie cannot contain a computer virus for example.)

Cookies may be set directly by the website visited and these are called first-party cookies. A website may also contain content – such as adverts or embedded videos – which actually comes from other sites, and this may cause third-party cookies to be set.

Cookies were originally invented to overcome problems associated with the 'stateless' nature of the Internet, in which users visit webpages in random order, and at different times. A mechanism was needed to allow websites to keep track of individual user choices, and cookies became the solution.

Ideally, cookies contain information which enhances your use of a website, allowing the website to be personalised to suit your preferences, and avoid the repetitive entry of information. A typical example may be an e-commerce shopping basket, where your preferred currency and the items in the basket may be stored as cookies. Another website may store details of your last visit as a cookie, enabling new items to be highlighted on your next visit. This type of website might be based on content management system (CMS) software. These types of system may actually require the use of cookies for their proper operation.

However, the use of cookies has grown beyond that originally intended and some users are now concerned regarding potential privacy issues associated with cookies. This has led to the introduction of cookie-related legislation and regulations in European Union counties. In the United Kingdom, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has responsibility for enforcement of these requirements, and offers guidance regarding cookies to Internet users.

How Does Electronics and Micros Use Cookies?

In summary, the website does not use first-party cookies, but third-party content may cause third party cookies to be set.

A three step approach to cookie management is followed:

  1. A thorough review of cookie use has been undertaken resulting in the removal of all first party cookies.
  2. Cookie information is provided, and this is prominently linked from each page.
  3. Users are provided with guidance on how to manage their use of cookies.

The Electronics and Micros website does not process or store sensitive personal information, as explained in the Privacy Policy.

In accordance with ICO guidance on 'implied consent' (updated May 2012), it is assumed that users are content with their current cookie settings, unless they choose to change them.

Controlling Cookies

If you are happy with your current cookie settings then that's fine. If not, there are two basic approaches to controlling the use of cookies. You can either:

  1. modify your Internet browser settings, or
  2. change your cookie settings on websites you regularly visit (first-party cookies), and for third-parties such as advertisers.

Considering the first option, Web browsers typically default to having cookies enabled, and this is the setting used by most users. However, you can configure your browser to either allow cookies, deny cookies, or prompt each time a cookie is requested to be stored. (The latter option tends to make Internet browsing an extremely tedious process, so you may prefer to either allow or deny cookies.)

The Electronics and Micros website is fully usable with cookies either enabled or disabled. However, please be aware that disabling cookies in your browser may prevent full use of features offered by some other websites, including e-commerce, webmail and social media.

Precise details on controlling cookies are browser specific, so you should consult your browser's help system to determine the options available and how these may be accessed.

Regarding the second option, it may be possible to opt-out of cookie use on certain sites, so you should consult the site's cookie information page to see if this is an option.

It is also possible to set your preferences related to major Internet advertisers, as explained by youronlinechoices.com. Begin by selecting your country and then click the Your ad choices option to control settings on an individual advertiser basis. (This will prevent the display of targeted advertisements based on browsing history, but other actions may vary.)

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